Wineries, Cideries, and Meaderies
Black Ankle Vineyards
14463 Black Ankle Rd., Mt. Airy; (301) 829-3338; blackankle.com
A beautiful winery surrounded by the rolling hills of Mt. Airy. Black Ankle prides itself on making wines that reflect the land their grapes are grown on and focuses on making each and every wine a joy to drink. Patrons can be sure that each wine is sourced onsite, surrounded by the historic farm setting that Black Ankle was founded upon.
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
15010 Roddy Rd., Thurmont; (240) 578-3831; catoctinbreeze.com
Awarded “Frederick’s Best Winery” by Frederick Magazine multiple years in a row, Catoctin Breeze is one of Frederick County’s premier vineyard destinations. Visit Catoctin Breeze to take in the grand views of the Thurmont countryside and to enjoy the rustic atmosphere that makes it one of Frederick’s very best wineries.
13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mt. Airy; (301) 831-5889; linganorewines.com
A family-owned and operated vineyard and winery located on the picturesque countryside just northeast of Historic New Market. They are well-known and have gained many fans as the suppliers of wine and “medieval honey mead” to the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
Springfield Manor Winery Brewery Distillery
11836 Auburn Rd., Thurmont; (301) 271-0099; springfieldmanor.com
Springfield Manor is located just off I-15. The manor sits picturesquely atop rolling hills, the Catoctin Mountains rising up behind it. There is a manor, barn, terraces, and lawns that cater to any and all needs, from an afternoon out to a bigtime country wedding.
Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard
7550 Green Valley Rd., Frederick; (301) 660-8735; hiddenhillsfarmandvineyard.com
Hidden Hills brings together love of horses and wine into one destination. Their tasty wines have been produced with help from Lucien Guillemet, an esteemed winemaker based in Bordeaux, France.
Links Bridge Vineyards
8830 Old Links Bridge Rd., Thurmont; (301) 466-2413; linksbridgevineyards.com
Sip homegrown wines on the right bank of the Monocacy River, enjoying a unique side of Frederick’s natural beauty. Links Bridge is located between the towns of Utica and Woodsboro and has plenty of local charm for each and every wino.
8333 Myersville Rd., Middletown; (301) 639-0303; mazzarothvineyard.com
Named after a mystical group of stars in the Bible, Mazzaroth Vineyard brings care and passion to winemaking. Their flavorful wines are largely sourced from their own herbicide-free soil in rural Middletown.
Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery
8546 Pete Wiles Rd., Middletown; (301) 473-3568; orchidcellar.com
Orchid Cellar is bringing the world’s oldest alcohol into the 21st century. Their beautiful tasting room is hand-built and nestled amongst 15 acres of land, 2 acres of grapevines, and a handful of beehives to boot. Plus, their vineyard lab, Carmen, loves making friends so dogs are always welcome!
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
5533 Gapland Rd., Jefferson; (301) 834-8920; distillerylandciderworks.com
Whether you’re in the market for delicious local ciders or for fresh-picked apples, Distillery Lane has something for you at their apple orchard and cidery in Jefferson. Their handcrafted hard ciders are naturally tart and aromatic and can be found on draft at many restaurants around Frederick, D.C., and Baltimore.
Flying Dog Brewery
4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick; (301) 694-7899; flyingdog.com
Flying Dog began in Frederick but has since become a nationally renowned brewery for its delicious concoctions. Their brewery on Wedgewood Boulevard offers a merchandise shop, brewery tour, and outdoor balcony with firepits and more.
Idiom Brewing Co.
340 E. Patrick St. #104, Frederick; (240) 578-4152; idiombrewing.com
Idiom Brewing Co. believes that craft beer is a way of life as well as a form of self-expression. Enjoy their time-honed recipes along the Carroll Creek canal and grab a bite from the Boxcar Burgers food truck while you’re there. They also have live music and other events multiple nights a week.
Steinhardt Brewing Co.
340 E. Patrick St. #102, Frederick; (301) 471-0901; steinhardtbrewing.com
Located alongside the Carroll Creek canal, Steinhardt Brewing Co. is a great place to enjoy a craft beer from one of Frederick’s family-owned brewing companies. They have a wide selection of unique recipes for beer enthusiasts of all tastes. There is something for everyone at Steinhardt!
Olde Mother Brewing
526 N. Market St., Frederick; (240) 877-7392; oldemother.com
Olde Mother is run by two best friends on a simple mission: brew good beer, make good friends, and get their local community involved in developing a great beer brand. They have a venue with a comfortable neighborhood feel, a menu of craft beers with a few twists and unique flavors, and a collection of popular board games for patrons’ use.
880 N. East St. #201, Frederick; (301) 732-4880; rockwellbrewery.com
At Rockwell Brewery, patrons can enjoy an outdoor beer garden and interior tasting room. In addition to their many on-tap options, Rockwell also has many craft beers available in crowlers, growlers, four-packs, and kegs!
Monocacy Brewing Company
1781 N. Market St., Frederick; (240) 457-4232; monocacybrewing.com
This is a brewery for beer lovers. It is the product of 50 years' combined brewing experience, formal education, and a taste for adventure. Enjoy its historic building, outdoor beer garden, and live music events.
400 Sagner Ave. Suite 400, Frederick; (301) 338-8229; attaboybeer.com
Attaboy Beer is a popular Frederick brewery and taproom that offers beers on tap, to go, and tours of their facilities. Before you go, make sure to check their website to find out which local food truck will be in attendance for the evening – they change daily!
Midnight Run Brewing
912 N. East St., Frederick; (240) 651-1424; midnightrunbrewing.com
Midnight Run Brewing takes a unique free-thinking approach to brewing craft beers and takes pride in rejecting all limitations of the art of brewing. Take a seat in their tasting room, enjoy their brand-new patio, or take a beer to go!
Smoketown Brewing Station & Smoketown Creekside
223 W Potomac St., Brunswick; (301) 834-4828; smoketownbrewing.com
400 Sagner Ave. Suite 100, Frederick; (301) 834-4828; smoketowncreekside.com
Smoketown originated at its location in a historic Brunswick firehouse but has since spread to Downtown Frederick, too. The menus at both locations hold a plethora of unique and delicious offerings from the “Lunch Pail Sour” series of ciders to their twists on shandies, hefeweizens, IPAs, and more.
1341 Hughes Ford Rd. Suite 108, Frederick; (301) 844-6416; dragondistillery.com
Frederick’s first distillery is a small, veteran-founded, woman-owned business with strong roots in the local community. If you’re into board games and role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, they’re a perfect match for you! It’s a distillery that is into all things geeky. Pay them a visit to both embrace your inner nerd and to taste their artisan spirits made from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients.
35 S. Carroll St., Frederick; (301) 825-5921; mcclintockdistilling.com
McClintock Distillery is a great place for whiskey enthusiasts seeking new and innovative approaches to its distilling process. They offer tastings, tours, and limited release batches of unique recipes.
Tenth Ward Distilling Company
55 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 360-5888; tenthwarddistilling.com
55 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 360-5888; tenthwarddistilling.com
Tenth Ward is woman-owned and specializes in a one-of-a-kind cocktail menu, year-round spirits, seasonal batches, and canned cocktails such as the “Corpse Reviver No. 10.” Visit their contemporary and welcoming tasting room in Downtown Frederick, and listen to live music or chat with one of their ever-so-friendly mixologists.